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Jason Patlis, who officially joins the aquarium Nov. 4, is executive director of Marine Conservation Programs for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx.
The aquarium is joining 40 others in the ranks of 100Kin10, a national organization dedicated to solving the STEM teacher shortage by 2021.
“SeaQuest has an abysmal record of violating laws and regulations,” says Debbie Leahy, manager, captive wildlife protection at the Humane Society of the United States.
No reason was given for the move, which took place on Feb. 11 but has only now come to light.
The Easton resident is the eighth president – and third woman to hold the position – in the 30-year history of the aquarium. She replaces Dr. Brian Davis, who left in May.
Annual attendance of nearly 500,000 results in an annual economic impact of $25 million on the city and $42 million on the state through visitor spending and execution of its $12.3 million budget.
Davis joined the aquarium in December 2014, having previously served as vice president of education and training at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.